If you love spaghetti but like me, you always make too much and end up with leftover spaghetti, you need these Leftover Spaghetti Noodle Recipes in your life! My Secret Ingredient Spaghetti Sauce is on regular rotation at our house (and one of the most popular recipes on the blog) so I always have excess noodles. And since I'm constantly looking for new ways to use up leftover spaghetti noodles, I imagine I'm not the only one...
I've created my own recipes to reinvent my leftover spaghetti and rounded up some more recipes from my fellow food bloggers. This round up of 12 easy leftover spaghetti recipes includes everything from fried leftover spaghetti to leftover spaghetti pie, leftover spaghetti salad, spaghetti casserole and more. If you're looking for leftover inspiration, look no further!
No one wants to be wasting food, but the same leftovers can get really boring. And once you run out of spaghetti sauce, the noodles are no longer nearly as inviting.
So finding new and delicious ways to use up leftovers is the key!
Fortunately, spaghetti is a great pantry staple, economical, and extremely versatile. And it's easy to use as the base for a great leftover meal.
In fact, leftover spaghetti recipes can even become the star of the show!
This Peanut Pasta Salad was born out of my need to use up leftover spaghetti noodles. But it's sooo good, it's taken on a life of its own! When my nephew recently came to town to visit, I told him I'd make him anything he wanted (maybe he saw something on Instagram he liked?)
And what did he choose out of my 400+ recipes? He chose THIS healthy Leftover Spicy Peanut Pasta Salad recipe because I'd made it when I was visiting my parents and he LOVED it that much!
❔Frequently Asked Questions
Spaghetti will last for 3-4 days in the fridge in a sealed container.
Don't let spaghetti sit out for more than 2 hours before refrigerating it.
Leftover spaghetti can be frozen for up to 3 months in an airtight container or plastic freezer bag (make sure it's a "freezer bag" and not a "storage bag"). Freezing spaghetti noodles is a great way to avoid waste, as it only lasts a few days in the fridge.
The best way to reheat frozen spaghetti is to defrost it in the fridge overnight, then add 2 teaspoons of water to it (per cup of spaghetti) and place the noodles in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave on full power for 30-45 seconds, then remove, stir, and return to microwave at 30-second intervals, as many times as needed, until it's heated through.
Alternatively, once your noodles are defrosted, you can put them in a colander/strainer and dip them into boiling water for approximately 30 seconds or until they are warmed up.
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
If you're looking for leftover spaghetti ideas and want to breathe new life into your leftover noodles, then you'll love these 12 easy leftover spaghetti noodle recipes!
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